Development Manager


Employment Status: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Practice Group: Operations

I. Organization Information

Empire Justice Center, a diverse and highly respected, statewide legal services organization, seeks a Bilingual Immigrant Rights Paralegal for our Immigration Practice Group. This is an opportunity to join and grow in one of the most influential organizations serving marginalized low-income individuals and families in New York State.

Empire Justice Center attracts and employs a diverse team of dedicated, determined, and passionate advocates who significantly impact the lives of low-income New Yorkers. We succeed through direct legal representation high-impact litigation, and legislative and administrative advocacy. Additionally, the organization provides top-notch training and technical assistance to other advocates to ensure fairness and justice for New Yorkers. The organization thrives on our commitment to supporting justice for populations historically and currently experiencing high levels of oppression. These populations include racially diverse individuals and families experiencing poverty, housing insecurity, immigration issues, and domestic violence. Additionally, the organization advocates for people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and school-age children facing discrimination and violations of their civil rights in schools.

With offices in Rochester, Albany, Westchester County, and Long Island, our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic inclusive working environment with a strong commitment to work/life balance, teamwork, diversity, wellness, and personal/professional development.

II. Position Summary

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce an opening for a Development Manager. The Development Manager will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of major gifts, leadership, and annual donors as well as private foundations in support of the organization’s funding priorities. The Development Manager will also be
responsible for special event fundraising as well as annual fundraising campaigns.

III. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Acknowledge all donations in a timely fashion.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit individual, corporate, and private foundation gifts.
  •  Prepare development-related content for social media and other publications.
  •  Plan and implement special events, including friend raisers, fundraisers, and annual galas.
  •  Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors, corporate partners, and foundation representatives.
  •  Manage donor database as well as all external mailing and online outreach for fundraising campaigns and appeals.
  •  Support the implementation of comprehensive fund development strategies aligned with the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
  •  Assist in the preparation of reports for External Relations Committee, and Board of Trustees meetings and assist in engaging board members in development-related initiatives.
  •  Assist the Sr. Grants Manager in working with internal practice groups to identify opportunities for private funding.
  • Draft proposals and assist in managing foundation relationships.
  • Attend special events, and public programs to represent the organization, engage with local constituents, and support relationship development. (Some evening and weekend availability for these events is required.)
  • Amplify the organization’s mission/story, and programs by gathering stories, testimonials, and photographs to create compelling and engaging outreach and fundraising campaigns that raise revenue and awareness.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by your supervisor and/or to meet the organization’s needs.

IV. Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Minimum of 3 years of related work experience in development, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • Excellent Communication Skills.
  •  Problem Management Skills.
  •  Ability to work on a team.
  •  Organizational Skills.
  •  Document Drafting.
  •  Microsoft Office.

V. Salary 

Salary is dependent on years of experience and based on the organizational pay scale. The beginning salary for this position in the Albany region, with 5 years of experience, is $39,520,
and the salary for this position, with 15 years of experience, is $54,080. The beginning salary for this position in the Long Island region includes a geographic differential. With 5 years of experience, the salary is $48,640, and the salary for this position with 15 years of experience, is $63,200.

This position will receive an additional $1,500 per year bilingual pay differential upon successful completion of a bilingual assessment.

VII. Benefits 

We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance. Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefit package including:

  • Health insurance (employer pays 100% premium for a high quality, co-pay insurance plan).
  • 403(b) eligibility with 1% employer match and additional employer contribution.
  • 3% Non-Elective Annual Contribution made by Empire Justice Center.
  • Benefit eligible after 12 months of employment.
  • Generous vacation, sick, personal, and holiday time 14 Paid Holidays
  • Vacation PTO: 10.5 Hours/Month; Sick PTO: 7 Hours/Month; Personal PTO: 5 Days/Year
  • Bilingual salary enhancement for qualifying employees.
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
  • Voluntary Supplemental Disability.
  • Dental Insurance (employee paid).
  • Vision Insurance (employee paid).
  • $150K Group Term Life Insurance.
  • Generous Bereavement Leave.
  •  35-hour full-time work week. NYS Short-Term Disability.
  • FSA Eligibility.

Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly desires a diverse and inclusive workforce. Empire Justice Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. It prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, specifically – race, color, religion, age (40 or older), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, genetics, neurodiversity, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

TO APPLY: Please use the form on this page to complete and upload any attachments. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include:

  • A resume
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for three professional references aware of this application
  • No phone calls or hard copies, please. 

If reasonable accommodations are needed, Empire Justice Center is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Empire Justice Center ensures that persons with disabilities and/or communication barriers are provided with reasonable accommodations.